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Man pleads guilty to stealing from bank ATMs

Jun. 19, 2018 8:02 AM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Massachusetts man has pleaded guilty in federal court in Connecticut to his role in a scheme to steal tens of thousands of dollars from bank ATMs. Federal prosecutors say 22-year-old Argenys Rodriguez pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy to commit bank fraud. Authorities say the...

Apartment building roof collapses, displacing 100 residents

Jun. 19, 2018 7:25 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — About a 100 people were displaced when the roof of their apartment building in Massachusetts partially collapsed during a heavy thunderstorm. The Springfield Fire Department responded to the 26-unit building at about 8:45 p.m. Monday. Spokesman Dennis Leger says the three-story...

Kidnapping suspect gets approval for private experts

Jun. 18, 2018 7:27 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A lawyer for a suspected kidnapper who lived in a Massachusetts home where the bodies of three women were found has won approval to spend $15,000 to hire an investigator, psychiatrist and private medical examiner. The Republican newspaper reports that a judge approved motions...

Commuter rail line from N. Haven to Springfield opens

Jun. 15, 2018 3:38 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — When Will Parson of Springfield, Massachusetts visits family in the Hartford, Connecticut area, it means either driving through traffic, shelling out money for a bus or arranging his schedule around the infrequent Amtrak train line. Beginning this weekend, Parson's trip — and...

Search for donated wedding dress sees happy ending

Jun. 15, 2018 1:09 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A woman whose wedding dress was mistakenly sold at a Massachusetts Goodwill is getting her gown back. Rachele Familia says the woman who bought her dress returned it to her mother Thursday night, six days after she made a desperate plea on Facebook hoping someone would recognize...

2 killed in crash were on medical flight to get patient

Jun. 14, 2018 5:51 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) — Two pilots killed when a small plane crashed in rural New Jersey were on a medical flight to pick up a patient in Massachusetts for care in Philadelphia. Pilot Robert Winner, of Marlton, and co-pilot Timothy Scannevin, of Southampton, were pronounced dead shortly after the Hawker...

Wedding dress mistakenly donated to Goodwill

Jun. 13, 2018 8:43 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts woman is on a desperate search to find her wedding dress that was mistakenly donated to Goodwill. Rachele Familia tells WGGB-TV she was storing her wedding dress at her aunt and uncle's house. Familia married in 2004, and her aunt had offered to have her dress...

No charges as FBI ends 'excessive force' probe

Jun. 13, 2018 2:03 PM EDT

AGAWAM, Mass. (AP) — The FBI is ending its investigation into a group of western Massachusetts police officers for allegedly using excessive force against a prisoner. Masslive.com reports three Agawam police officers will not face charges following the end of the probe by the FBI into their methods of...

22 rescued when dragon boat sinks in Massachusetts river

Jun. 13, 2018 8:01 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Nearly two dozen people had to be rescued from a dragon boat that struck a rock and took on water during a practice session on a Massachusetts river. A spokesman for the Springfield Fire Department says 22 people were on board when the vessel started sinking on the Connecticut...

Baker touts expanded train service in state's western region

Jun. 12, 2018 5:20 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts officials plan to hire a consultant to study the possibility of passenger rail service between Boston and Springfield. Republican Gov. Charlie Baker announced the feasibility study on Tuesday at Union Station in Springfield, while also announcing that passenger rail...